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Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job (Harvard Theological Studies) Paperback – October 31, 2008

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Out of the Whirlwind: Creation Theology in the Book of Job is a lucid and well-researched study on the book of Job. It is not encumbered with endless critical debates, though Schifferdecker is clearly aware of the issues and engages with them when they are important to her argument. The book is refreshingly constructive and joins a growing corpus of literature on creation theology and OT/HB interpretation. Especially illuminating is how the motifs of boundaries and of procreation weave through the various sections of the book. The volume is a welcome contribution to Joban scholarship. (David J.H. Beldman Journal of Hebrew Scriptures 2009-06-01)

It is a regrettably rare thing for a work of careful biblical exegesis to offer a good read, suitable for a reasonably broad audience, on a topic of some contemporary relevance. It is highly unusual for a dissertation in biblical studies to offer all that, as this one does. Schifferdecker's book makes a fresh contribution to the perennially interesting study of Job by focusing specifically, though not narrowly, on the different views of creation and humanity's place in creation that are articulated by Job and his various interlocutors, including God...Both Schifferdecker's prose and her argument are consistently well crafted; sometimes she is not just persuasive but movingly eloquent. Readers can follow the general theological and literary argument without getting bogged down in scholarly particulars; technical matters and debate among specialists are reserved for the footnotes, which are themselves as brief as clarity and good coverage permit. Biblical exegesis would have a better name and a wider readership, if more of it looked like this. (Ellen F. Davis Shofar 2009-02-01)

About the Author

Kathryn Schifferdecker is Assistant Professor of Old Testament, Luther Seminary.

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Product Details

  • Series: Harvard Theological Studies (Book 61)
  • Paperback: 217 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Divinity School (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0674025970
  • ISBN-13: 978-0674025974
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,239,396 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nancy W on May 15, 2013
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I bought this book because of a lecture given by Dr. Schiffendecker. While I had read Job several times, I had never seen some of the things she brings out. This book grew out of her doctoral dissertation, so it is largely academic, but I still like her explanations and descriptions. Dr. Schiffendecker is a gifted teacher.
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